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elsewhere is lee fong with the nation. lee, welcome back inside "the war room." >> thanks for having me. >> jennifer: you bet. i want to start with showing a graphic which is really quite jaw-dropping. we're going to put it up right now. the green and the purple bars represent money spent in michigan by anti-union advocacy groups. the orange bar represents money spent by prolabor advocacy groups. lee, how is it possible that anti-union forces have vastly outspent prounion forces in what is the labor capital of america. >> since the 1970s, right wing billionaires and their corporate allies have spent a lot of money constructing a large political machine composed of these think tanks and advocacy groups. labor unions have only spent most of their political money on elections. so they don't have the political resources to compete and this disparity's gotten much and much worse over the recent years. >> jennifer: it simply gets worse every time a bill like the ones passed in michigan are passed. >> right. >> jennifer: obviou
fong have be asking. lee is here with an answer. we hope, right? so you know, welcome back into "the war room." glad to have you here. >> thank you. >> jennifer: grover norquist is a guy who was you know, laundering -- accused of laundering money for jack abramoff. how does this guy have so much power? >> you know, some folks have talked about how grover norquist has cast a spell over the republican party with his pledge. has them enraptured. he's also cast a spell over the washington press corps where everyone seems to have forgotten all of the sorted dealings and biographical notes that are important to convey to the public. >> jennifer: let's talk about that. let's talk about the specific sources of his power. who gives his organization money >> we reported last week that over 66% of norquist's budget -- 2/3 of his money -- in the nation correct, come from two billionaire-backed nonprofits. >> jennifer:66%. >> steve schwartzman steve bechtel. these are guys worth billions that don't want to pay a pen
francisco is lee fong, contributing writer for the nation magazine who has been following the money trail. hi, lee. nice to see you. >> good morning. >> splin plain to me. i think we have the information of him as an independent actor. he is really embedded in the web. talk to me about what this is? >> i looked at grover norquist's foundation. over 66% of its more than two-thirds of husband budget came from just two billionaire-backed nonprofits. if you peel back the layers, the people giving money and propping up norquist are folks like steve schwartzman and investors that have a lot to gain from not cutting taxes. they pay a shockingly low rate. they don't want to pay a penny more. when he says he is going to retaliate against some of the folks that are deviating from the pledge, he means his donor network will go after these folks with attack ads and money for primary challenges. that's where his real power base comes from. >> earlier this week, my colleague, chris hayes tweeted that, let's be clear. it is not grover norquist who is the reason that republicans are against these tax inc
report blogger lee fong, a league of mine at the nation magazine asked him "are you planning to become a lobbyist?" no, schuler said. as of january 4th schuler is going to be a lobbyist. the chief lobbyist for the biggest electric utility in the country, duke energy of north carolina. duke's announcement said the job will not affect votes in his current job. it also said one of his top priorities will include tax policy on corporate dividends and that schuler right now is leaving curb negotiations on how and where to raise taxes. a federal bankruptcy judge paved the way for hostess maker of ding dong and ho hoes to dole out bonus to the top executives. judge robert drain made the point that these executives did not run the company into bankruptcy but should be rewarded if they do a good job winding down the business they went into bankruptcy after cutting into pension plans and the bakers union refused to take a pay cut. we'll be watching whomever ultimately biez the hostess brand. >>> cambridge university is studying the potential dangers of climate change, biotechnology and artificia
. president vladimir putin is banning all adoptions by russian parents. cbs 5 reporter grace lee on the youngest victims of an international tug of war. >> our children are very much so excited for having a baby brother. we is the up his room together. >> reporter: the fong family spent the holidays with their two biological children nathan amend cameron and their siberian adoptee from two years ago and they were hoping for another addition for the family from russia in the coming year. >> this is our crib for our son. >> reporter: they are just one of hundreds caught in a international political showdown. president vladimir putin was defiantly saying he planned to sign the ban on adoptions to the u.s. the country's legislative branch had just passed the bill unanimously. this was russia's response to president obama's anticorruption law that denies russian officials from getting u.s. visas if they were associated with human rights violations. >> it's very tragic that these children are potentially going to fall victim to really the senseless politics. >> reporter: lauren koch wi
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